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MTG Commander 2013

Happy Monday MTG peeps,

The big Magic: the Gathering news is of course the announcement of the next installment of Commander over the weekend at San Diego Comic-Con and officially on the mothersite today.  With the success of previous Commander products and the growing popularity of this format (we still call it EDH or Elder Dragon Highlander), players can expect a new product offering each year. 

Commander (2013) will consist of five preconstructed 'three-color shard' decks, each 100 cards strong, that are ready-to-play Commander decks out of the box, with the option of choosing one of the three legendary tri-colored creatures (which each deck will also include) as the commander. There are to be at least 15 new cards in each of the five decks deck for a total of 51 new cards in total.  These new cards new cards will be legal to play in Eternal formats (Vintage / Legacy) but not legal in Standard, Block Constructed, or Modern.  Where the first release had five decks which were wedges from the mana pie (that is one color and its two enemy colors.) These five decks all follow are a central color of mana and its two allies, what we refer to as shards of the color pie.  Look to modify or adjust to taste any of these builds by dropping by MTG Mint Card and picking up a few MTG singles.

Anywhoos - Here's the corporate 4.1.1. -
Release Date: November 1, 2013
Three-Letter Abbreviation: C13
Twitter Hashtag: #MTGC13
MSRP: $29.99 (per deck)
Languages: English, Japanese, French, German, Italian, and Spanish
Initial Concept and Game Design: Mark L. Gottlieb (Lead), Dan Emmons, Ethan Fleischer, Scott Larabee, and Steve Warner
Final Game Design & Development: Billy Moreno (lead), Ethan Fleischer, Ron Foster, Mark Globus, and Dave Guskin, with contributions from Matt Tabak

. . . And here's two new cards -

 Jeleva, Nephalia's Scourge, 1ubr
Legendary Creature - Vampire Wizard, Mythic Rare
When Jeleva, Nephalia's Scourge enters the battlefield, each player exiles the top X cards of his or her library, where X is the amount of mana spent to cast Jeleva.
Whenever Jeleva attacks, you may cast an instant or sorcery card exiled with it without paying its mana cost.

Previewed at San Diego Comic Con - A fyling 1/3 for four ain't bad and the little mill / self-mill effect is nice.  Expect to mill more as you recast this general again and again from the command zone.  Being able to cast an instant or sorcery you've exiled without paying for it is nuts.
Prossh, Skyraider of Kher, 3brg
Legendary Creature - Dragon, Mythic Rare
When you cast Prossh, Skyraider of Kher, put X 0/1 red Kobold creature tokens named Kobolds of Kher Keep onto the battlefield, where X is the amount of mana spent to cast Prossh.
Sacrifice another creature: Prossh gets +1/+0 until end of turn.

Previewed at PAX Australia - Really can't wait to see those Kobold tokens (from either Wizards or another player / artist).  Similar general re-cast effect we've just seen with the milling Vampire above which allows for dialed-up effects as the game progresses.  The sac effect for power spike is lovely.

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